Bonfire society members have been praised for their quick thinking and swift actions in Uckfield High Street yesterday afternoon (December 10).
They were in a procession from Harcourt Road in New Town to Holy Cross Church for the annual bonfire societies’ Christmas carol service but moved aside to let emergency responders through.
Faith Lee, senior team leader for Uckfield, Lewes and Heathfield Community First Responders, said: “Two Uckfield ambulance community first responders were despatched to a category 1 call, with CPR in progress, just as the parade was heading up the High Street.
“A big thank you to everyone who helped us get through the High Street by moving to the side – we apologise for disrupting your parade.
Thankfully the call had a happy outcome.”
The Sussex Association of Bonfire and Carnival Societies’ annual carol service is traditionally held at Holy Cross and brings to an end the ‘bonfire season’.
Community First Responders are volunteer members of their community who are trained to respond to emergency calls in conjunction with South East Coast Ambulance.
As they respond in the local areas where they live and work, they are able to attend the scene of an emergency within a few minutes, and often before the emergency service arrives. They are able to offer life-saving first aid further increasing the patient’s chances of survival.
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